And So It Began...
After a whirlwind career in television production, Laura took (very early) 'retirement' and embarked upon a year out. The plan was to rest up, re-focus, and enjoy some free time before embarking on a new career.
This lasted for approximately four weeks.
With an inability to rest, a brain that rarely switches off and an instinct for what works, Laura set about buying and selling shabby chic furniture at local markets. She very quickly made a number of startling discoveries; 1, that she was very good at what she was doing, 2, that she quite enjoyed it and 3, that her retirement was over.
The little sapling of a business evolves into a standalone website and becomes a fully-fledged business registered at Companies House complete with a VAT registration number, headed paper, business cards, and other proper business stuff!
It becomes apparent that a two-bed Victorian mansion apartment in West London is no place for a growing Orchard. The plot is dug up and moves north to the altogether greener pastures of the Leicestershire countryside. Laura's partner, Mat, a retail professional with a love of interiors, joins the business full time and the team slowly begins to expand.
Now firmly established as one of the most trusted destinations for vintage-inspired homewares and furniture, The Orchard continues to flourish, offering their loyal customers product which is unique, desirable and more importantly, practical.
As William Morris said 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful'.
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